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represents 1%, which is, you know, i'm sure within the margin of error of the analysis. so, statistically speaking the two plans are almost identical in terms of their overall costs based on the assumption that went into the model. and that concludes the analysis, the major development sites. i'm obviously available for any other questions you may have. >> thank you, mr. teague. supervisor kim, did you have any other comments? >> no, no further comments. open it up for public comment. >> okay. so, public comment at this point. we do have -- would you like to call public comment? supervisor kim will call public comment. public comment will be two minutes at 30 seconds. you will receive a soft bell and then a louder bell when the two minutes is up. ~ >> thank you, thank you chair wiener. i will call the first 10 speakers on my speaker list card. i have andrew greg, cheryl carney, [speaker not understood], theresa de lollis
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and cathy gavez. let me call four more names. jim nikko, bing ross ham, angela chu, and miguel herrera. thank you. andrew greg on behalf of [speaker not understood]. ray and i and ray's preservation consultant tim kelly have demonstrated the information for the [speaker not understood] warehouse district is inaccurate and incomplete. this covey advice rate future projects put forth by ray in the muo zoning of this plan area. section 80 39b1 of the west soma ordinance speaks to processing standards use for historic buildings and muo. if this is not the form for remedy of clear-cut facts about properties in west soma, what is? we've been in the hpc. their decision is not
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appealable to the board nor to the board of appeals. and certainly runs counter to the department's stated objectives of clear and transparrottv process and saving people time and money. so, with that i'd love to hear from the department at some point in the near future about what the remedy and what the proper fora for action to remedy inaccurate and incomplete facts from the historic preservation perspective. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. greg. [speaker not understood]. >> [speaker not understood]. all right. david [speaker not understood]. i'm here with the western soma plan as part of thumb tack, this is a private citizen. one of the reasons i really
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like this plan is that the plan that helps build complete neighborhoods that really serve a lot of needs. part of complete neighborhoods is putting affordable housing in the mix. this plan amends the eastern neighborhood plan which had provisions for housing and the impact fees that were determined kind of were derived from that eastern neighborhood plan. it was kind of a [speaker not understood] behind those impact fees. i'm here to challenge supervisor wiener's amendment that would take that money and give it to transportation. not that i'm against transportation, but to do it at the backs of affordable housing i think is wrong. i think transportation should be funded, but through other sources or through greater total residential impact fees that cover both transportation and affordable housing. so, i beg you, don't undermine
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this eight-year plan that had a lot of community development with an amendment that may tank it. and don't undermine affordable housing at the expense of transportation. let's do everything. why can't we have a city with transportation, affordable housing, one that serves everybody needs? thank you for listening. >> thank you, mr. lewis. bruce alison core magazine. i am one of the lucky ones that got one of those affordable units. and this, please don't cut any more. i also work for a group that finds unorthodox ways of finding housing. i rather have people find housing for the city than the unorthodox ways that may be dangerous. and if you want to go for transportation, supervisor wiener, triading a few more
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dollars onto the cost as supervisor kim recommended. thank you very much. >> thank you, mr. alison. as soon as a speaker finishes, you may just come straight up. i thought someone else was ahead of me. >> you don't have to go through any certain order. cathy gilbertson, and i'd like to address supervisor wiener's amendment. and i'm against it totally. i'm against your amendment. i used to be -- i used to reside in your district. i'm homeless and i have been since march 28th last year. putting more money on transit does not help find housing. we need the housing. we use the transportation if we had the housing.
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i don't have housing -- i walk a lot instead of taking public transit. i do take public transit, but i walk more. and it's necessary for the people to have it all. jobs, housing and transit. it's very necessary. and i really feel that the high impact fees would help a great deal. it needs to happen in order to bring the city into focus of what's going on now and have everyone work together instead of pulling in separate directions like we're doing right now, housing, transit, jobs. it doesn't work. it has to work together. that's it. >> thank you, ms. [speaker not understood]. actually i should probably have said this a little earlier. we should direct the comments to the entire land use committee in general. thank you. okay, thank you. good afternoon, supervisors.
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jim meko and i am chair of the western soma citizens planning task force. we would not have district elections today if it were not for the activism and the outrage of the south of market community. the impacts of displacement and gentrification [speaker not understood] the market stronger than any other neighborhood in the city back in the 1990s. in fact, between 1990 and 2005 we went from just a little under 10,000 dwelling units to over 17,000 dwelling units. that's just over a 15-year period of time. and of those additional dwelling units, none were affordable. there was no affordability at all. our plan that's before you is based on the vision and values that were adopted by the task
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force and by community consensus. and the goal was to integrate appropriate land use, transportation, and design opportunities into an equitable, evolving and complete neighborhood. and the keyword there is equitable. please respect this community and adopt western soma community plan with an equitable share of affordable housing. thank you. >> thank you, mr. meko. hello, supervisors. my name is theresa de lollis. i'm a parent and i'm really taking this personally, supervisors wiener and chu. my family is going, going, going through the force around possible eviction. you're talking about families here. i would also like -- for
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affordable housing to be redefined because we have big families in the south of market. i support the soma western community plan, but as i was actually reading those, there's only up to two bedrooms. so, what about, you know, bigger families, right? if you want to increase, you know, transportation impact fees, please note, don't touch our affordable housing impact fees. it's really important for us community. we worked hard for this, you know. in our direct as a parent, i don't want any x rated or rated r night life. we want district 6 to be a family friendly district. this is our home. this is our community. this is our backyard. you know, we aren't the type of people maybe you want us out of the city because we are loud, poor, low-income, homeless, battered wives and children and colored ones. we are long-term tenants, families, colored and poor families. i believe some of you don't want us in this city, but we
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are here to stay. and you -- because we are not the right type of neighbor, please. i'm really angry, angry at the fact that you have 12 legislators -- legislatures under your belt and not one of them is protecting families, people of color, our community to stay here in this community, to stay here in this city. ~ committed and i want to you please, don't mess it up. we worked hard for this. god and our community worked hard for this. don't mess it up for us. >> thank you, ms. de lollis. good afternoon, supervisors. i'm angela chu from chinatown community development center. i'm an organizer, tac on cdc. [speaker not understood] i would like to say i have a lot
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of respect for a community that come together and plans for the future. i think the western soma plan is [speaker not understood] so [speaker not understood] and get a lot of support. at this point all our communities are looking to have it go ahead and finish. like the other [speaker not understood], i still think transportation and housing can go hand in hand. and housing is such a big need because we have seen gentrification, displacement happening right now in our city. so, please consider that. and please support the western soma plan. thank you. >> thank you, ms. chu. hi, cory thompson [speaker not understood]
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[speaking in native language] good afternoon, supervisors. i'm [speaker not understood]. one of the families living in chinatown s-r-o buildings. [speaking through interpreter] living in s-r-o buildings, you know, our room is less than the size of what normal apartment building rest rooms would be.
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in planning and budgeting for our city, please take in consideration the very low-income family and people that need housing. thank you. please [speaker not understood] on housing. >> thank you, mr. tan. good afternoon, supervisors. how are you doing today? anyway, my name is [speaker not understood] working for the [speaker not understood] homelessness. first, [speaker not understood] on homelessness, we support [speaker not understood] and the legislation [speaker not understood].
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so, i want to say i oppose your legislation, mr. wiener, for different reasons. number one, that is because you're going to take the money from the s-r-o housing, low-income housing that we have from prop c. and second, because we got money for transportation for [speaker not understood]. i don't want to take money from these two programs what we get last year from the [speaker not understood] housing for the families. i would like you to find other ways, different ways that you can find the money through supporting these projects working right now. because for us it's really important to provide and build housing, low-income housing for families first before we think about to build and [speaker not understood] the city. if you weren't doing this, we would [speaker not understood] more homeless family in the city. second thing, [speaker not understood] investigate and see what is going on in the city, we have 500 homeless families living in s-r-o in the city of san francisco.
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we have 500 families, 250 in shelters in place. and 250 families [speaker not understood]. so it's 500 and we don't know how many more families, homeless exist in the city. i would [speaker not understood] the purpose to funding and looking more money to build housing to ending the homelessness in san francisco. and for [speaker not understood] and south of market, please think about it twice when i want to displace people in houses or raise the rent. we don't support that. we support family [speaker not understood]. >> thank you. thank you. i'm going to call the next 10 speaker cards to come up after mr. harney. i have tokuk wong,al an darer
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br liner, gilbert crizwell, tony robles. [speaker not understood]. mellie [speaker not understood], and marty [speaker not understood]. ~ good afternoon. my name is alexandra berliner and i am a community outreach worker for [speaker not understood] in the city. and the work in the south of market and i'm also youth of this community, and i oppose this plan that you are proposing because as a youth i always wanted to live in the city. i've grown up in the city my whole life and going to school and trying to get a job so i can afford to pay for housing is hard enough to do. and i can't go to school all by
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myself and still look for housing if i can't work at the same time. and i've watched my friends over and over the years have to move out of the city and live in other communities in the east bay and cheaper communities because they can't live in the city they grew up in. they can't afford to live here. and i don't want to live the rest of my life thinking that i can't live in the city i was born in. i was raised in the city. this is our city. and if we can't afford to live in our city, how are we supposed to call it our city? and transportation is fine enough, it's good. we have the perfect transportation here. my parents have been working for the city their whole life and transportation is fine. we need affordable housing. we need to be able to live here. i want to be able to raise my family in this city. i don't want to have to move to oakland or to move to richmond to raise my family. i want to be here in my city where i was born and raised. so, thank you. >> thank you, ms. berliner.
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good evening, supervisors. my name is fernando [speaker not understood]. i'd like to a first of all we fully support the integrity of the community based process in western soma including the innovative housing, the height bonus system that was developed. we reject a reduction in the affordable housing height bonus that the integral to stabilizing the community and we look forward to working with you and seeing you all working together to reach solutions and meet them for structure needs of the community. i'd like to make a couple comments about the presentation that was just made from planning department. one was it's i think it was alluded to the eastern neighborhoods process where sites receive up zoning, there is a tier 1 of fees that remain stable from the base to the height bonus. and here somehow we ended up with an inverse equation where the base height has a tier 2 and then in writing legislation that attempted to keep it
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stable, we suddenly get those projects that have received a height bonus going down. i think that is a good point that has been raised. it is inconsistent with the eastern neighborhoods and i don't believe from all my conversations with folks who are involved in the western soma citizens task force that anybody understood that that was what was being proposed by planning staff. second, i think there is a correction in terms of what the amounts of money that -- [speaker not understood] presented affordable housing costs, a number from [speaker not understood] used for in-lieu fees was cult multiplied by on-site whereas in fact the number should have been used as an amount that would have been paid of in-lieu fees. you use in lieu fee number multiplied by the in lieu fee percentage. in which case what we end up with is a loss of $9 million to the city in affordable housing funds which typically gets multiplied by three times. that's about some 6, p, 8 open
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hand projects, 6, 7, 8 when they cause [speaker not understood] apartments, 6, 7, 8, broadway family apartments. >> thank you, mr. marti. >> can i ask two questions? chair wiener? mr. marti. >> i want to make sure i understand what you're saying. did you just say that in eastern neighborhoods the transit fees don't go down? that was not my understanding. that is what i heard, that they remain stable. so, they stay at tier 1 from the base, where a project is rezoned or not. is that backwards? >> i believe in western soma the fee adjustments were modeled in part on eastern neighborhoods, if i'm not mistaken. i want to make sure we're operating from the same facts. >> cory teague staff. the model 1 is different from eastern neighborhoods, umu. that district, the resident impact fees are kept at tier 1 all the time.
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and instead of having the impact fees tiered based on the up zoning, the affordable housing is tiered up with the up zoning. and the rest of eastern neighborhoods, your i am impact fees are tiered 1, 2, 3 based on up zoning. if you lost height or got up to 9 feet you're tier 1. if you're basically 10 to 29 or 28 feet, one to two stories, you get tier 2. and then above that is tier 3 throughout eastern neighborhoods. and you don't apply tier 1 just to what your old height was and then higher tier as you go higher. that is the tier that applies to the entire development when you take full advantage of your height bonus or not. ~ whether >> when you have eastern neighborhoods, it's capped at tier 1 for transit? >> in umu only, the residential impact fee regardless of how much the property was up zoned is capped at tier 1. 2 doesn't alternate. tiers don't move.
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>> [speaker not understood] transit child care open space? >> right. and the commercial is tiered, which is like 90% transit. that one is tiered. it basically takes the residential impact fees and affordable housing and shifts them and tiers them differently. >> mr. teague, another comment mr. martine made, was the issue of reduction in transit and other impact fees transit open space, child care, was that something that -- >> in terms of -- >> how did that get -- >> there is a series of discussions and meetings and analysis done before i was on as the full project manager that looked specifically at these larger sites and how the community wanted to handle them. it was obviously an opportunity to provide additional benefits to the community t. was just how do you do that. so, what ended up in the code came out of those -- of that
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process. >> which was a code of a reduction in the impact fees? >> right. basically a reduction -- basically umu model, reduction of residential impact fees, but an increase in affordable housing. >> great, thank you. >> sure. >> supervisor kim? >> next speaker. gilbert crizwell, here to commend jim meko and the task force, but also my community and my neighborhood of pearl street, elgin park, guerrero, duboce, laguna, valencia and market street who also had input to the task force, attended the meetings of the task force and community meetings. please come to a compromise and move this project forward. stop treating the residents and voters of new district 8 and district 6 as stepchildren or
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gay orphans of third world country. thank you. >> thank you, mr. crizwell. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is angelica [speaker not understood] and i'm with the south of market community action network. i just want to read what our sticker says since it can't be seen. it says housing plus transit plus jobs equals a complete neighborhood, and that is what soma plan is to us, a complete neighborhood. i'm not going to repeat what others said, but i just want to emphasize that as elected officials, we shouldn't depend -- our community needs on affordable housing against transportation. ~ pit against if anything as city official, you should ensure that the city needs all those things are balanced and our priorities and our needs of affordable housing, jobs, and transportation are all prioritized versus
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accommodating developers' financial returns or incentives. i think that is a real cause of why this amending legislation is up, is to not have more -- for me, not more fees to developers. and i don't think that is affordable and i don't think that is [speaker not understood] for our community. we need to make sure that our priority is prioritized and affordable housing is one of it. so, i hope that you would consider the amending legislation of higher impact fees that goes towards transportation, open space, a higher impact fees that will benefit the community without taking away affordable housing. thank you. >> thank you, ms. cabande. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is mellie [speaker not understood]. i'm with [speaker not understood]. please prioritize affordable housing for low-income
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residents of soma. who will benefit public transportation if we are being thrown out of our own community? disclose our community, this location could be a huge impact for our family. i can see that housing is the number one problem in our city more than the public transportation. the city is conducive for walking and it's more beneficial for help. we are going to work, church, and store. my plea to you, my dear supervisors, please attend to our needs for affordable housing for low-income family like me. thank you. >> thank you, ms. [speaker not understood]. good afternoon, supervisors. my name is jesus.
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i'm also [speaker not understood]. i work at south of market. and the city needs more affordable housing. we need -- we should be pending against the different needs of the city. and say why? because i work with a lot of families that live in soma and we need affordable housing. so, i wish you put in more housing. thank you. >> thank you, mr. perez. [speaking through interpreter]
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good afternoon, my name is [speaker not understood] and i'm the vice president of the community [speaker not understood] association. we're the largest tenants based grassroots organization in the city and 1,000 members are low-income mono lingual seniors. one-fifth of our seniors live in [speaker not understood] housing in district 6 and [speaker not understood] regarding west soma plan.
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i'm a resident residing in a [speaker not understood] building in soma and paying 30% of my income towards rent. before that i lived in chinatown for over 20 years and rent was 80% of my ssi income. i work hard so i feel very lucky to be able to find senior housing but a lot of our cta members are not so fortunate. some of them have been waiting over a decade and still unable to find suitable low-income housing for themselves.